While we all hear and know the importance of brushing and flossing for maintaining proper dental hygiene. But a lot of people are still confused on what to do first, brushing or flossing. While some claim flossing after brushing your teeth is the right way, others claim that flossing before brushing your teeth is more effective. Let us know which process is the most efficient in ensuring proper dental hygiene.
Brushing and flossing are both important part of the teeth and gum cleaning process as they help to remove food particles from the teeth, which are the breeding point for bacteria and other pathogens. Brushing also removes and prevents plaque from building up on the surface of the tooth while flossing removes the stuck food particles from the corners and hard to reach places of the tooth. To ensure the most effective cleaning, both brushing and flossing must be done simultaneously, as any one of them are not sufficient to ensure total cleaning of the mouth. These simple activities performed for at least two times a day, can go a long way in preventing a host of dental problems and keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Coming to the crux of the matter of whether brushing done first is better than flossing done first is better or not, then answer to the question is a no. But this does not mean that flossing done first is better, it just means that irrespective of whatever is done earlier, it does not matter that much. It all depends on individual preferences, on what is one comfortable with, whether it be flossing before brushing or flossing after brushing. There are no scientific studies to prove that the former is better than the latter or vice versa, and there is general consensus among dentists that the order of the dental cleaning process does not matter. But they do agree on patients doing both processes together at the same time for at least two times in a span of 24 hours to ensure proper oral hygiene. If you feel that brushing before flossing is more suitable for you, then you can follow that regimen. On the other hand, if you feel that flossing before brushing helps you maintain better oral hygiene, then you should follow that regimen.
No matter whatever way of dental cleaning and caring you choose for yourself, the following tips would help you in your pursuit of making sure your mouth and teeth are clean and free of pathogens.
- Making sure to brush and floss your teeth at least two times per day, one after waking up in the morning and the other before going to sleep at night.
- Cleaning your tongue at least once per day in addition to brushing and flossing to remove any harmful germs thriving there.
- Replacing toothbrush every three months.
- Using waxed floss to ensure smoother cleaning.
- Usage of an electric toothbrush for more effective cleaning.
- Taking the time to clean your teeth thoroughly using your toothbrush.